LEED-Healthcare Teams With Green Guide

LEED-Healthcare Teams With Green Guide

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Green Guide for Health Care recently announced their agreement to work together on tools, educational programs and activities to support green health care building.

"The healthcare industry is by far one of the more important sectors that can benefit from the practice of green building design and construction," said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC's president, CEO and founding chair.

USGBC provides the LEED for Healthcare rating system, available for inpatient care facilities, licensed outpatient and long-tern care facilities, medical offices, assisted-living centers, and medical education and research facilities.

Together the groups will develop and provide resource materials, training events and tools for greening health care buildings.

"Green hospitals seek to reduce use of and exposure to toxic chemicals and provide a healthier healing environment," said Adele Houghton, project manager of the Green Guide for Health Care. "By employing green practices, whether incrementally or from the ground up, many hospitals are managing to lower energy bills, reduce waste and achieve healthier indoor air quality."

Another recent LEED announcement was made regarding the pilot LEED-Core and Shell program, which was developed for speculative office buildings where the developer has control over less than half of the interior design and fit-out. It focuses on base building elements such as the structure and HVAC system.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities was granted LEED-Core and Shell silver certification for an office and laboratory building at 681 Gateway in South San Francisco, Calif. It is one of about 75 projects in the pilot LEED-Core and Shell program and the first LEED-Core and Shell silver office/laboratory building in the state.

The building includes high-efficiency chillers and boilers, and a non-chemical water treatment system for the cooling towers. More than 16 percent of the materials used in construction include recycled content, and the building utilizes day lighting, spectrally selective glazing, motion sensors and dimming controls.